The Royal Photographic Society has over 400 volunteers, in many different roles, who give freely of their time to help run this large UK charity with an international reach.

If you are interested in becoming a Trustee please click here for more information.

Do you have a great idea for an event in your Chapter or Region and the experience to make it happen? Are you a frustrated writer or have fantastic IT skills? Do you have management experience or want to improve your CV? Why not consider becoming a volunteer for the Society and help support the 400+ people who already volunteer with us.

What we offer:

  • A clear explanation of what your role involves, including relevant training opportunities
  • Appropriate resources and assistance to help you carry out your role
  • A full RPS induction
  • Opportunities to expand your skills and experience in relation to your role, and to change or take on additional roles
  • Recognition for your volunteering
  • The services of a dedicated Volunteer Support Manager, responsible for providing guidance and support
  • Agreed out-of-pocket expenses reimbursed in accordance with Society policy

Opportunities for volunteers range from helping with activities on a local level (e.g. in your Chapter, Group or Region), to applying for election as a member of Council and working to set wider Society strategy.

The kinds of roles that we have available are outlined in the tables below. For more information, please contact the Society’s Volunteer Support Manager or your Chapter, Group or Region representative. You can also take a look at the documents below:

Paid roles within The Society are rare (we are a happy and content bunch who tend to stay for the long term once we have joined the team!), but if vacancies are advertised you will find them here.

Local roles (Chapters, Groups, Regions):


Responsible for leading a Chapter, Group or Region

Deputy Organiser/Chair

Assists/deputises for the Organiser/Chair as required


Responsible for keeping financial records and accounts


General admin, e.g. meetings, minutes, member communication

Subgroup/Subarea Coordinator

Leads a small section of a larger Chapter, Group or Region

Task Volunteer - This is a flexible role which could include any combination of the following, as required by the individual Chapter, Group or Region:

Web Editor
Manages microsites within the RPS website, e.g. updating/posting content and events
Publication Coordinator Creates and compiles content for publications such as regular e-newsletters, Group Journals, etc.
Exhibition Coordinator Organises exhibitions, including application and selection processes and logistics
Event Coordinator
Organises events (e.g. talks, walks, workshops), including booking speakers, venues, etc.
Distinctions Coordinator Works with the Distinctions department to organise successful Advisory and Assessment Days
Communications Coordinator Responsible for social media, publicity, advertising and/or promotion
Membership Coordinator Welcomes new members, responds to member enquiries, collates member feedback, etc.
Other Ad hoc tasks as required, e.g. helping to set up a venue, providing refreshments, greeting members, etc.

Wider roles (Council, Committees, Distinctions & Qualifications):

Trustees (by election)



Honorary Treasurer


Click on each role to view/download a role description

Society Committees (by election or invitation)

Volunteer roles apply to all Committees, including:

  • Awards
  • Distinctions
  • Education
  • Finance
  • Science
  • Special Interest Groups
  • Regions
  • Representatives

Committee Chair

Committee Deputy Chair

Committee Member

For more information about Society Committees, please see section 7.2 of the document below:

- Management Manual (MP001)

Distinctions and Qualifications (by invitation only) 

Volunteer roles apply to all Panels, including:

  • LRPS
  • Specialist Categories
  • Research, Education and Applications of Photography
  • Fellowship
  • Creative Industries Qualification
  • Imaging Scientist Qualification

Panel Chair

Panel Deputy Chair

Panel Member

Panel Observer

For more information about these roles, please see the following documents:

- Distinctions Role and Responsibilities (DP009)

- Distinctions Panel Membership Selection and Training (DP011)

- Fellowship Board (DP001)

Other (by invitation only)

External Advisor (for Committees and Panels)

RPS volunteer David Norfolk ARPS discusses how he has found volunteering:

Responsible for leading a Chapter, Group or Region

Responsible for leading a Chapter, Group or Region

Responsible for leading a Chapter, Group or Region